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Frances Coppola on Latvia - lessons for Finland as well!

Also in Finland Latvia is seen as an example, why a nation should implement harsh austerity (like the new Finnish government is going to). But… 221 more words


EPIA rebrands: SolarPower Europe #epia #energy #europe

Today the members of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) voted to re-brand the organisation as SolarPower Europe. With 100% of the vote in favour of the change, CEO James Watson proudly commented, ‘This is a true endorsement of a new era in the rapid evolution of solar power in Europe. 241 more words


China-EU co-op to help China's fast growing digital economy

The director general of BusinessEurope said in a recent interview with Xinhua that China-EU cooperation can help realize growth potential in China’s digital economy.

Markus J Beyrer, director general of BusinessEurope, an association of enterprises in 33 European countries, said the digital industry is a game changer for the global economy and will have a huge impact on EU competitiveness. 214 more words


Are you feeling financially vulnerable?

The 21st Century is still a teen-ager but it’s already seen tremendous disruption. The financial picture for many families is particularly scary. Large numbers of people are living paycheck to paycheck. 180 more words

Financial Planning

Brazil's Petrobras unveils details of debentures issue

Rogerio Jelmayer – The Wall Street Journal, 5/27/2015

Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, unveiled details of its debentures issue on the local debt market, which could total up to 4.05 billion reais ($1.28 billion). 79 more words


Brazil's senate clears second austerity bill

Paulo Trevisani & Djania Savoldi – The Wall Street Journal, 5/27/2015

The Brazilian Senate on Wednesday approved a controversial bill meant to save taxpayer money by reducing pension payments to widows. 66 more words

Trade, Economy And Development

Soiled by oil scandal, Brazil's model is primed for makeover

Juan Pablo Spinetto, Anna Edgerton & Sabrina Valle, Bloomberg – 5/27/2015

Oil was to be the elixir of Brazil’s dreams to build a formidable economy, promote industrial development and fund a more generous welfare state even as it attracted billions in private global investment. 93 more words

Trade, Economy And Development